Harrison County officials confirm one person has died after a plane crashed in the northeastern part of the county.
Dispatchers received a call from the Shreveport Civil Air Patrol around 5 a.m. Saturday morning regarding a possible plane crash. CAP reported an emergency beacon had been activated near the Caddo Lane National Wildlife refuge and that they were en route to the site. Texas DPS and Harrison County deputies were asked to assist in the search.
CAP dispatched a specialized air search plane containing equipment to pinpoint the location of the beacon, and the plane was found. Officials say it was in a privately owned area close to the intersection of Highway 43 North and Old Port Caddo Rd. The aircraft was found in a densely wooded forest of pine trees about 400 yards off the roadway.
Texas DPS Troopers reached the scene and found a large transport turboprop aircraft on the ground with the tail section and part of a wing missing. The sole passenger of the aircraft was pronounced dead at the scene by Justice of the Peace Nancy George at 12:30 p.m. The scene was secured and the National Transportation Safety Board office in Houston, Texas was notified of the crash.
In all matters pertaining to aircraft accidents, the NTSB is the lead agency for investigations. They will take charge of the scene and conduct further investigation. The aircraft was on a flight from DeKalb (Chicago), Illinois to Brownsville, Texas at the time of the crash. It is presumed to have been caught in a violent thunderstorm that came through the area of northeastern Harrison County at around 4:30 a.m. on Saturday morning. Searchers are continuing a search to find the missing parts of the aircraft throughout the area.
The name of the deceased has not been released.